Hospital or Nursing Home acquired Pressure sores/ulcers
Pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores, pressure sores or decubitus ulcers, are extremely painful and debilitating
and can result in a reduced quality of life
for both you and your family.
The majority of pressure ulcers are avoidable in NHS care
with effective risk assessment yet many NHS Trusts still have a higher than average incidence.
What are Pressure Ulcers/Sores?
They are a type of injury that affects areas of the skin and underlying tissue.
Pressure ulcers develop when unrelieved pressure
in one area of the body cuts off the blood supply
to the skin and underlying tissues causing that area to become damaged.
Pressure ulcers are caused by three main things eg: pressure; shearing and friction. They are also 4 recognised grades
with grade 1 being the most superficial and grade 4 being the most severe.
Who is at risk of developing Pressure Ulcers
Pressure sores can develop very quickly. Those people most at risk usually suffer from one of the following:
- Reduced mobility, unable to change position by themselves without help. Such as a person who has had a stroke or who may have a degenerative condition such as Parkinson’s disease or osteoarthritis
- Acute/chronic illness
- Reduced sensation and cannot feel pain over part or all of their body
- Incontinence – urine and faecal
- Moist skin
- Surgery – they may be immobile or have a decreased consciousness as a result of the anaesthetic
- Previous pressure ulcers in the past
- Vascular disease
- A poor diet and fluid intake
- Over 70 years of age although it is now accepted that people of all ages may be affected
- Impaired mental health such as alzheimers
- Neurological damage
If you or a family member have suffered from a pressure sores which you feel could have been preventable
with the right medical care then you could be entitled to claim compensation.